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U Street Music Hall and 9:30 Club partnership brings more bands to U Hall, more DJs to 9:30 Backbar

Zola Jesus will perform at U Street Music Hall in February, a show presented by three top local clubs. (Photo by Angel Ceballos)

Wish granted.

U Hall and 9:30 Club announced a partnership today that will bring live music to U Hall, while 9:30 Club’s tiny Backbar will host local DJs. The thinking behind the partnership is pretty basic — U Hall gets to host some up-and-coming acts, 9:30 Club gets to establish early connections to bands that might be big enough to play the 1,200-capacity club someday and local DJs with the U Hall stamp of approval can try to earn some new fans at Backbar. And music fans get more shows in different venues.

The first “9:30 Club Presents” show at U Hall is the world music-friendly Chopteeth /Alma Tropicalia gig on Dec. 3. Local bands on big area stages — this is also an idea I can get behind.

To make it even more cross-promotional, the Black Cat is co-promoting some shows at U Hall, including two of the highlights on the calendar so far — gothy ice queen Zola Jesus on Feb. 16 and Brooklyn synth-pop duo Chairlift on April 21. Also mark your calendars for Jan. 10, when Portugal’s African-inspired electronic group Buraka Som Sistema visits.

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